Gold Coast Nurse Joe Brooker
Gold Coast Nurse Joe Brooker

‘We will bash the s*** out of you’

A GOLD Coast nurse lay terrified in the boot of his own car as his kidnappers discussed how they were going to "bash the s***" out of him, police will allege.

"Don't (expletive) try and escape, give me your (expletive) phone," Joe Brooker, a nurse at Pindara Private Hospital, was allegedly told.

The 25-year-old was allegedly abducted, stabbed and robbed by four men as he was walking to his car while at work last Friday morning.

Harry Phillips-Bell, 17, has been charged and denied bail for the charge.

Two 18-year-old men are assisting police with inquiries and a 16-year-old boy is in hospital with neck injuries and is also assisting police.

Police will allege Mr Brooker was threatened with a gun and knife before being bundled into the boot of his silver Toyota Echo about 3am.

The men are accused of taking him to an ATM on Parklands Drive where he was forced to hand over $500.

He was then put back in the boot, court documents allege.

Joe Brooker's car after he was stuffed into the boot and pushed down a hill and then crashed into an Ashmore home's fence. Photo: Amanda Robbemond
Joe Brooker's car after he was stuffed into the boot and pushed down a hill and then crashed into an Ashmore home's fence. Photo: Amanda Robbemond

It was then three of group allegedly discussed what to do with Mr Brooker - one wanted to "bash the s***" out of him while another said he should just be "ditched" in a secluded area.

But the boot of the car became stuck.

Police will allege that one of the men threatened Mr Brooker while he was trapped in the boot.

"If you go to the (expletive) we will come to your house and sort you out," he allegedly said.

"We've got your address, it's on your (expletive) cards."

It was then the group allegedly released the handbrake while Mr Brooker was still trapped.

When the handbrake was released, the car rolled down the hill and crashed in the fence of a Kurrambee Avenue, Ashmore, home.

One of the four men has been charged and denied bail for the alleged abduction and robbery of Mr Brooker.

Gold Coast nurse Joe Brooker.
Gold Coast nurse Joe Brooker.

Phillips-Bell, 17, made a short appearance in the Southport Magistrates Court today charged with two counts of unlawful use of a motor vehicle, two counts of armed robbery and one count each of torture and deprivation of liberty.

Defence lawyer Campbell MacCallum, of Moloney MacCallum, said Phillips-Bell did not hold the knife or gun.

"It would seem upon his version of events that he was picked up at some stage and that he may have witnessed some of the incident and may have been involved to some extent," Mr MacCallum said outside court.

Joe Brooker's car after he was stuffed into the boot and pushed down a hill and then crashed into an Ashmore home's fence. Photo: Amanda Robbemond
Joe Brooker's car after he was stuffed into the boot and pushed down a hill and then crashed into an Ashmore home's fence. Photo: Amanda Robbemond

"The allegations are that some other co-offenders were involved in taking the handbrake off which caused the car that he was in to crash."

Mr MacCallum said Phillips-Bell was likely to apply for Supreme Court bail in the next two to three weeks.

Phillips-Bell was allegedly spotted on CCTV as the group demanded Mr Brooker remove the money from his bank account.

Magistrate Dermot Keogh denied Phillips-Bell bail.

He said he felt there was an unacceptable risk.

Phillips-Bell is set to appear in court again on December 21.

Police investigations are continuing.



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